Clinton, Sanders rivalry in spotlight as Democrats debate

13 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Are Hillary, Bernie ready for prime time?.

LAS VEGAS — Hillary Rodham Clinton went to Donald Trump’s doorstep Monday to mock the Republican presidential front-runner on the eve of the first Democratic presidential debate. The appearance at a boisterous rally of the politically potent Culinary Workers Union was a win-win for Clinton, letting her signal her support for an influential union while taking aim at the Democratic party’s favorite foil. But in a Democratic race so far-featuring few political attacks or policy clashes- Clinton’s move to protect her left flank on issues like the Asian trade pact and Keystone oil pipeline could open the door during the nationally televised debate to questions about her sincerity and charges of flip-flopping.

The union, which represents casino and resort workers, is trying to organize hotel employees and invited all of the five candidates in town for the debate to the rally. Hillary Clinton boasts positives of long experience with national politics, going back to her husband’s 1992 presidential campaign, and strong performances in her debates in 2008 with President Obama, the eventual winner. She urged the workers to “say ‘No’ to Donald Trump.” “Some people say Donald Trump is entertaining,” Ms Clinton said. “I don’t think it’s entertaining when someone insults immigrants, when someone insults women.” The union has been trying to organise the Trump hotel for more than a year, before the billionaire leapt to the front of the Republican field with tirades against illegal immigrants. They will be joined by former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee and former US senator James Webb of Virginia. Also crucial for her is how she deals with questions surrounding her decisions as secretary of state from 2009-13, in particular on the killing of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012, including Ambassador J.

After two raucous Republican debates that drew big television audiences attracted by the fireworks generated by front-runner Donald Trump- the Democratic encounter, hosted by CNN and to be held in Las Vegas- is likely to be a tamer affair Sanders calls himself an independent from Vermont and has insisted, “[M]y kind of democratic socialism has nothing to do with authoritarian communism.” We hope the debate brings out how much more government control of the economy he wants.

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